Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has vented his frustration towards the UFC after the whole debacle surrounding UFC 212.
UFC President Dana White’s going to meet with the former champion soon and he plans on mending things with the champion.
“I have to deal with tons of different personalities and egos and lots of different things with all of the athletes that I deal with,” White said on The Jim Rome Show. “Anderson Silva has always been one of those guys that’s been unique to deal with – (but) never at this level. I didn’t make Kelvin Gastelum test positive for marijuana and pull out of the fight, and we tried to make other fights and get other opponents for him. You can’t demand a title fight or (threaten), ‘I’m going to retire.’ Especially when you know that my philosophy is this: If you even mention the word ‘retirement,’ you should probably retire. I know he’s not thrilled and happy with me. He and I need to sit down and do a face-to-face.”
Silva had threatened to retire if he wasn’t granted an interim middleweight title fight with Yoel Romero, but White called his bluff and said that the Brazilian should consider retirement.
Although no date has been set for the potential meeting yet, the UFC President wants to get it done as soon as possible.
“At the end of the day, despite Anderson Silva going crazy on Instagram and saying all these things right now, he’s actually a really nice guy,” White said. “He’s angry right now and we need to sit down. Everything is better face-to-face, so I probably need to fly out to California and sit down to talk with him – and soon, very soon.”